Author Archives: James Ward

Introducing Gulp Launcher

Many developers already have the Node.js toolchain installed on their machines but when I lead workshops there are always a few who don’t. The process of installing Node build toolchains can take quite a bit of time for new users (especially on Windows). To simplify the process of getting the gulp toolchain setup, Bruce Eckel […]

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Java Doesn’t Suck – You’re Just Using it Wrong

I’ve been building enterprise Java web apps since servlets were created. In that time the Java ecosystem has changed a lot but sadly many enterprise Java developers are stuck in some very painful and inefficient ways of doing things. In my travels I continue to see Java The Sucky Parts – but it doesn’t have […]

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Dreamforce 2014: Wearables, Engagement Apps, $1M Hackathon

Dreamforce 2014 is quickly approaching and this year is going to be amazing! I’ll be presenting a few sessions and helping at the $1 Million Hackathon. Here are my sessions: Integrating Clouds & Humans with the Salesforce Wear Developer Packs As smart watches and other human-integrated devices make their way into the mainstream, developers will […]

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Jekyll on Heroku

Jekyll is simple static content compiler popularized by GitHub Pages. If you use Jekyll in a GitHub repo a static website will automatically be created for you by running Jekyll on your content sources (e.g. Markdown). That works well but there are cases where it is nice to deploy a Jekyll site on Heroku. After […]

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An Architects Guide to the Salesforce1 Platform

Salesforce.com was initially created as a Sales Force Automation (SFA) / Customer Relationship Management (CRM) application in the cloud but has evolved over the years into a modern platform for all types of enterprise applications. Now the Salesforce name is a legacy artifact of that past. This is like the name Frigidaire which is still the name for a […]

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Building & Deploying Reactive Service Pipelines — Live in Salt Lake City

This Wednesday (Aug 6, 2014) I will be presenting Building & Deploying Reactive Service Pipelines at the Utah Scala Enthusiasts group in Salt Lake City. Here is the abstract: Composition of micro-service is a modern integration pattern that couples nicely with Reactive and Continuous Delivery. These paradigms enable small teams to move quickly while integrating […]

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Going Reactive at OSCON 2014

This year at OSCON I will be leading a hands-on lab and presenting about Reactive, Play Framework, and Scala. Here are two sessions: Reactive All The Way Down (lab) – 9:00am Monday, July 21 In this tutorial you will build a Reactive application with Play Framework, Scala, WebSockets, and AngularJS. We will get started with […]

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Scala vs Java 8 at the Scala Summit

Bruce Eckel will be hosting the Scala Summit in Crested Butte again this summer. The Open Spaces conference will be September 15 – 19 which is a perfect time of year up in the Colorado Rockies. The theme of the Scala Summit this year is Scala vs. The New Features in Java 8. So there […]

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Salesforce Gradle Plugin

As part of the Salesforce Wear Developer Pack for Android Wear I created a Gradle plugin that fetches and deploys Salesforce code (Apex). Gradle is the default build tool for Android but it can also be used with many other languages. For instance, here is an example build.gradle file for a project that fetches all […]

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